|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1904|
HASTINGS JOHNSON KILLED
George Johnston, of 414 West 21st street, received a telephone message this morning from his brother, Homer Johnston, saying that another brother, J. Hastings Johnson, was killed in the horrible dynamite explosion at the Florence and Cripple Creek Railway station early this morning when twelve or fifteen non-union miners were assassinated. Hastings Johnson is a young man about thirty years of age unmarried and has been working in the Cripple Creek mining district for seven or eight years. The body will be brought to Cheyenne. No further particulars have been received.
© Wyoming Tribune no. 154 June 06, 1904, page 4
FIFTEEN BLOWN TO ATOMS
Cripple Creek, Colo., June 6 –Three hundred pounds of dynamite placed in a mine by unknown assassins under the depot of the Florence and Cripple Creek railroad, exploded at 2:26 this morning while twenty-five non-union miners employed at the Findlay mine, located on Hull Hill, were standing on the platform, instantly killing fifteen of them and fatally injuring eight, or ten others. So far as known the dead are: Gus Augustine, Arthur Mulheis, Henry J. Haag, Alex McLain, Charles E. Barber, Herbert McCoy, William Shanklin, J. H. Fartsell, William Delano, E. J. Johnson, Edward Ross, G. Kelso.
Injured: Phil Chandler, J. A. Brooker, Edward Holland. John Pollice, Tom Sinclair, Dan Gainey Clarence Allen.
Holland and Sinclair are in a critical condition. The Mine Owners' association is holding a meeting and radical action will be taken.
Rewards aggregating many thousands have already been offered and the Governor will be petitioned for troops.
The sheriffs office and detectives have found the machine which set off the dynamite. It consisted of a revolver and 300 feet of steel wire. The revolver was placed underneath the platform close to the powder. The other end of the wire was fastened to a chairleg, which was used as a lever from the cribbings of the Delmonico property.
The explosion was no doubt the result of a deep laid plot. The murderers evidently did not wish to injure the train crew, but were after the non-union employes of the Findley mine who had gathered on the platform to take the train. In order to get them all the mine was not fired until the whistle showed the train nearing the depot. The train, which was running very slowly, was brought to a stop by the engineer and the train crew ran forward to investigate. It took but a few seconds for the trainmen to appreciate the terrible results of the explosion and messengers were rushed off for assistance.
© Wyoming Tribune no. 154 June 06, 1904, page 1
Submitted by Lostnwyomn April 2013.
Plot: Lot 689 Sec A
Created by: Eric Crow
Record added: Aug 20, 2008
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